Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards

Each year, Santa Barbara Beautiful recognizes important beautification projects throughout the city through our Annual Awards program. From small single-family residence do-it-yourself projects to estate gardens, civic buildings, theatres, placing art in public places, and everything in between, these awards single out exemplary properties – and the individuals involved – that expand the beauty of Santa Barbara.

This year, with the Thomas Fire, Montecito Debris Flow, and the ongoing severe drought, the Board decided to take a new look at the annual awards and recognize that part of creating beauty is to be good stewards of the environment. This has been an element of the judges’ work while evaluating nominations in the past, but this year we are working to bring it into focus. We want Santa Barbara to be an even more resilient community.

To do our part, the awards will circle around the theme Growing Resiliency. Property award categories have been adapted to meet the real and growing importance and impact of our climate and the need for environmental stewardship.

Our Awards


June 1 – June 22, 2018: Nominations Open.

June 22, 2018: Nominations Deadline. Nominations are now closed.

June  – August, 2018 : Sponsors Sign-Up

Aug.  – Sept., 2018: Sponsorships Available for Purchase

Aug. 11 – Sept. 28, 2018: Event Admissions Available for Purchase Online

Sept. 30, 2017: Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards Gala


Properties are nominated by the public and judged by a team of independent local judges. The awards presentations take place at the annual, publicly-attended gala event.

Property Awards may be nominated in one or more of five residential, commercial architecture, landscape or public space categories.

The 2018 categories are: Green Home, Green Commercial Building, Public Open Space, Climate Sensitive Architectural Feature, and Drought Tolerant / Low Water Use Garden / Landscape.


Santa Barbara Beautiful also recognizes individuals who have made unique contributions to the ongoing health and beauty of the community. Special Awards are selected by our community partner organizations and Santa Barbara Beautiful awards committees. This year four are planned.

The President’s Award
The Jacaranda Award for Community Service
The Playa de Santa Barbara Award for Environmental Stewardship
City of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee’s Business in Art Award


2018 Gala Event – 54th Annual Awards Presentation

Sunday, September 30 – Music Academy of the West

Please Celebrate With Us

Each September, we welcome the entire community to attend our highly anticipated Annual Awards Presentation Gala Event. Come join us to celebrate together those who make our city a beautiful place to live, work and visit. Your support as guest, sponsor or event program advertiser helps make our vital community education and programs possible. Memberships are available year-round.


The recognition is phenomenal! It’s an amazing surprise. And that people are visiting it, and enjoying it and recognizing it is beyond anything that we ever expected.
Kirsten & Darrell Becker, Becker Studios, Commercial Property Award Recipient

Rain and Renewal Painting SB Beautiful Gala 2017
Spring Break by Michele Zuzalek. Mixed media on canvas.
Rain and Revival Typography 53 Annual Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards Ceremony

2017 Special Award Recipients

President’s Award
MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation
125 State Street

Griswold Award For Philanthropy
Sara Miller McCune

Jacaranda Award for Community Service
Santa Barbara Association of REALTORS® (SBAOR)

Playa De Santa Barbara Award For Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Defense Center

City Of Santa Barbara Arts Advisory Committee’s Business In Art Award
Montecito Bank & Trust

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Native Choice Award
The City of SB Public Works Dept. – Engineering & Streets Operations Division
For the design & installation of the Roundabout at Cliff and Las Positas Road

2017 Property Award Recipients

Commercial Sign
The Red Piano
519 State Street

Historic Revitalization
Former Flying A Studio
34 West Mission Street

Hugh & Marjorie Petersen Award For Art In Public Places
“Winter Solstice Gate” Community Arts Workshop
631 Garden Street

Multi-Family Residence
Laguna Court
1424 Laguna Street

Public Open Space
“Trinity Garden”
Trinity Lutheran Church
909 North La Cumbre Road

Single Family Home – Large
921 Arbolado Road

Single Family Home
1826 East Las Tunas

Annual Award Programs

Rain & Renewal

Program – 2017 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Waves of Beauty

Program – 2016 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Celebrating 50 Years of Beautification!

Program – 2015 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Timeless Santa Barbara

Program – 2014 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Under Santa Barbara Skies

Program – 2013 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Rhapsody in Blooom

Program – 2012 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards
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Award Nominations

Please Note: Award Nominations are now open for 2018.
Please submit your nominations!

Do you have a favorite local Home or Garden? How about a favorite Building or Park? Or maybe a piece of Public Art?

Santa Barbara Beautiful depends on YOU, our community, for nominations for special places to consider for our acclaimed Annual Awards!

Past property winners have become jewels of their neighborhoods and have been an encouragement to others to make a statement in their own yards.